Scratcha DVA is one of those guys who puts in the work. As a radio DJ he’s been present on the airwaves of Rinse FM for a long time, holding down the Grimey Breakfast show; a staple part of what’s made Rinse such a unique broadcaster over the last five or so years, giving him a platform to twist his own incredibly endearing outlook on life with new music and an overwhelming dose of humour. As a producer he’s made waves with his remixes, his releases on Hyperdub and those on his own label, DVA Music. They’ve all presented a skewed view on UK funky; a house pace that’s underpinned with a darker, grimier edge and with tracks like ‘Natty,’ ‘Ganja’ and ‘Jelly Roll,’ works that often feature the wormiest of all possible melody lines, he’s found a place in the short, and long, term memories of a lot of people.
When interviewing him for TRAP magazine recently (read the full transcript here) I wrote: “You get the feeling from just a few minutes of conversing with Scratcha that there’s a lot more savvy thinking that takes place away from the limelight. For all his charisma and otherworldly banter – our conversation skips from music to live on air dumpings and the time “we done some internet grooming to get some guy on the show, then we rang him up and [his former producer] Dave put on a girl’s voice and told him they should go link at a train station” – there’s a devout intelligence there.” It’s a very big plus that Scratcha is such an ingenious producer whose unique and fun take on London dancefloor music has earned him serious chops with a lot of people. Ourselves included.
He’s been a little quiet of late, reportedly working on a full length LP, but we got wind that he’s playing at the Deviation Carinval Special taking place at Paradise on Monday 29th August, alongside people like EZ, Zinc, Alexander Nut, Lil Silva and the whole bottle of rum magician himself, Benji B. He’s long been a discussion topic as well as a mix target for us, Scratcha’s older productions sum up a period of time last summer that all seemed to roll into one long cluster of basements and vibes perfectly; so without further ado, Sonic Router is overjoyed to present SR Mix #95 by Scratcha DVA.
Jamie Woon – Shoulda (DVA’s Soule:Power Remix)
Shy One – Spring Romance
Cooly G – Sunshine (Simbad Remix)
Presk – Love Again
Kingdom ft Naomi Allen – Take Me (Instrumental)
Kingdom ft Naomi Allen – Take Me
Muhsinah – Stop & Go
Walton – Aggy
Fireworks ft Bounty Killer, Ghetts, Shystie & Trilla – Limb By Limb (Accapella)
Doc Daneeka – Murdah Strings
Instra:mental – Pyramid
Cardopusher – Everybody
Joss Ryan – Melancholy Dreams
Shy One – Pastel Requiem
DVA – The Flute Tune
Archer – Night Train